These are legal criteria that EDDC uses to govern its own procedures, but it would be reasonable to assume that they also apply to town and parish councils.

Not surprisingly, the subject of privately meeting a developer does not fall into the criteria.

So, it appears that Ottery Town Council were not entitled to exclude the press and public from the meeting for this reason.

See pages 122-125 on this link – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/constitution_2013_(update_oct_2013).pdf

Even if this criteria does not apply to town and parish councils, Cllr Giles is actually covered under the councillor’s code of conduct, which provides a provision for disclosing items deemed to be confidential, if they are in the public interest, in 5F – link here – http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/2012_revised_code_of_conduct_eddc_for_council_adopted_270612.pdf

So, where does this leave Monday evening’s courtroom drama and the naming, shaming and convicting of the supposedly guilty Roger Giles?

Not only is Roger Giles entirely innocent of any transgression, but he has been falsely accused in a disgraceful manner, in a very public way.